Remember NAFNAF?

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Ok so hear me out… I am going to wear it with high heeled ankle boots, and a mini skirt. It’s so me; retro, colourful, my mum would hate it… ticks all the boxes! I always wanted one of these when I was little but we couldn’t afford it. Well i’m having one now! 

Oxfam £3.95

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Psychedelic dream

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A gorgeous dress for a £1.00. I found this bargain cast aside on the £1.00 rail. Plonked outside, almost like no one would want it. I couldn’t believe my luck! The retro print is brilliant! I love dresses with pockets too. This dress has huge pockets. I think it’s 1970’s possibly late 1960’s, but either way, a good little find.

Dress £1.00 Saint Francis Hospice

 

 

Retro prints make me happy!

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I have decided… If the weather doesn’t improve, I don’t care, I am wearing summery clothes! Although if i’m honest my cupboard is a pick and mix of prints and colour so I try to avoid the traditional subdued colours that we reach for during the long winter months we are blessed with in the UK. I found all of these printed garments in Oxfam. Typical of Oxfam, they always have vintage prints and colour, lots of colour. I try to shop in Oxfam at least once a week, even just to cheer me up. There is always an eclectic mix of garments. 

I am starting to feel like an ambassador for Oxfam! 

Oxfam hippy

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A gorgeous Indian dress from Oxfam. Beautiful lightweight cotton printed with delicate flowers with a gold shimmery finish. It speaks for it’s self. I am truly a hippy at heart.

Dress £8.99

Vintage bag £4.99

 

Retro bags from Oxfam

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I do love a vintage bag. When I ever use any of mine I always get quizzed by people as to wear they are from. The first bag in the pictures was made from real twigs, for want of a better word. Real wood not too far from it’s original state. I loved that the wood is still sporting it’s knobbly bits too, all wired together by hand with a little resin handle. This bag was small but perfectly formed and at £1.99 well what can I say about that? It’s a steal.

The second was made from hand from beautiful rich burgundy leather. A satchel style never seems to go too far from the style stakes. But to be honest if there is a twang of something as a ‘trend’, I will not be sporting anything that meets that description. I hate looking like anyone else which I why I have to resort to doing all of my shopping in second hand or vintage type establishments. Back to the bag… I think circa 1980’s… and priced at £4.99. The satchel also seems to be the man bag of choice, now very much a unisex accessory. A thrifty find for the boys and the girls… Too good for the library if you ask me!     

Retro Leather from Oxfam

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This dress was amazing original 1960’s. They don’t make them like they used to! I love it when I can say that phrase, more often used by a somewhat older generation that myself. As I spend ALOT of time in charity shops with old people, I hear this ringing in my ears quite often, but it is true. This dress has already lasted over 50 years and it clearly has lots of life left in it. The fantastic thing about it is that the bottom part is detachable, you know if you have one of those moments when you just want to show the world your knickers… well if so this is the dress for you. Or a separate mini skirt.

It was made from leather and fully lined with brass poppers. Priced at £25 so kind of expensive but I would say quite rare and excellent quality. Or maybe not that expensive compared to vintage shopping in say Camden. The late 60’s is my favourite era for fashion. I love everything about the summer of love!

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I just love this 1980’s skirt. The mix of leather, tassels and gathered ribbon sounds like a recipe for a curtain shop but stick this skirt with a little t-shirt, tucked in of course, hiding this lovely detail really isn’t an option, with a pair of vans for a day look. T-shirt and ankle books for laid back dressy. 80’s, tick, leather, tick, suede, tick, ribbon, tick, tassels  tick , pencil silhouette, tick. It was £20 but that skirt will go some, I would say it’s has years of wear in this little vintage number. Only problem… I am not a size 8.

Seeing the New year in wearing 1960’s Oxfam

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Happy New Year!

I wanted to post this gorgeous dress that I found. It is circa 1960’s at some point. From Oxfam again! I have been spending rather a lot of time in Oxfam lately. This beautiful dress was made with a lot of lurex, which made it stand out. This will be my New Year party dress. I think that charity shops can be an excellent fashion resource for special occasions. I often find the perfect outfit for a friends birthday, or a big night out. I hate that feeling when you are going to a wedding and you are worrying about what other people are going to be wearing. I am sure everyone has had an occasion when you go somewhere and another girl is wearing the same dress/top/skirt even bikini. Well since I have been charity shop shopping or vintage I never get that feeling. I will give you a tip for this shopping, know in advance… so you can start looking a couple of weeks before. I advise lots of people that are looking for that perfect charity shop piece don’t always expect to find it on your first shop. You will find something but it might take a couple of trips. My second tip is… if you are not sure try it on anyway. You always find great things when you are out of your comfort zone, just be experimental.

You know what I also take into consideration? How much is this dress? How often will I wear it?

Well my dress here was £8.99 and it will never go out of fashion as it’s vintage. I could well wear it another 20-30 times. I have spent £100’s in the past for a dress for NYE and never worn it again. So get out there and start looking you still have time!